In this paper I will be looking at cultural self –awareness and the role it plays diversity competence.
Every individual’s cultural background is very unique and important as it actually moulds our societal outlook. Various factors of cultural background come into play to influence the overall outcome of individuals in terms of cultural competence and outlook on society. The kind of setting out was brought up in is very influential in shaping their outlook on society. The environmental we grow up and live in, social-economic background, parental influence, culture and educational attainment are important factors within cultural background that roll into play to shape our outlook on society. Religion is another very important factor of cultural background shaping what we become in life as well as the outlook we take on society. The schools we go to, the neighbourhoods and the church we go to during childhood all influence what we became later in life.
I personally was born and raised in Kuwait and indeed having left my home country to study abroad has actually taught me a lot in terms of cultural diversity. As a freshman in college I have to interact with fellow students from different parts of the world and a lot of cultural exchange takes place. I have learnt to appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and this is because I now realise that the world has a myriad of cultures and therefore expecting to live, work with or learn with just your own culture in the modern world is tantamount to cultural incompetence. Cultural competence training for me is therefore a very important aspect especially considering that I am a student in effect a future leader. Appreciating others, respecting their cultural identities, learning from them and embracing cultural diversity is what I want to achieve.